Sextant Short-Term Bond Fund

As of August 11, 2020
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Overview

Investment Style

  • Targeted to investors seeking capital preservation and current income
  • Dollar-weighted average maturity not to exceed three years
  • Diversified across industries and companies
 
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Investment Objective

Capital preservation and current income.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Short-Term Bond Fund invests at least 80% of its assets in short-term bonds, including corporate and government bonds. Under normal circumstances, the Fund's dollar-weighted average maturity does not exceed three years. The Short-Term Bond Fund invests at least 65% of net assets in bonds rated within the three highest grades (Aaa, Aa, or A); and may not invest in a bond rated at time of purchase below the fourth-highest grade (Baa).

Portfolio Managers


Levi Stewart Zurbrugg MBA, CPA®
Portfolio Manager since 2020
Elizabeth Alm CFA®
Deputy Portfolio Manager since 2020

Performance

Short Term Performance

As of July 31, 2020 Ticker 3 Month 6 Month YTD
Sextant Short-Term Bond STBFX 1.77% 2.61% 3.37%
FTSE USBIG Govt/Corp 1-3 Year Bond 0.77% 2.50% 3.08%

Average Annual Total Returns

Month-end, as of July 31, 2020 Ticker 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Expense Ratio² 30-Day Yield¹
Sextant Short-Term Bond STBFX 4.54% 2.65% 2.09% 1.59% 0.87% 0.35%
FTSE USBIG Govt/Corp 1-3 Year Bond 4.43% 2.83% 2.10% 1.58% n/a n/a
Quarter-end, as of June 30, 2020 Ticker 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Expense Ratio² 30-Day Yield¹
Sextant Short-Term Bond STBFX 3.96% 2.57% 2.00% 1.60% 0.87% 0.36%
FTSE USBIG Govt/Corp 1-3 Year Bond 4.19% 2.85% 2.08% 1.60% n/a n/a

Performance data quoted represents past performance which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than performance data quoted. Standardized returns current to the most recent month-end can be obtained by visiting our Month-end Returns Page or by calling toll free 1-800-728-8762. The Fund cannot guarantee that its investment objective will be met. Securities of the Fund are offered and sold only through the prospectus or summary prospectus.

¹ A Fund's 30-Day Yield, sometimes referred to as "standardized yield" or "SEC yield,” is expressed as an annual percentage rate using a method of calculation adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The 30-Day Yield provides an estimate of a Fund's investment income rate, but may not equal the actual income distribution rate.

² Expense ratios shown are as stated in the Fund's most recent prospectus or summary prospectus dated March 27, 2020.

Growth of $10,000

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Sextant Short-Term Bond Fund Growth of $10,000

This chart illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $10,000 invested at the beginning of the period and redeemed at the end of the period, and assumes reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains.

The FTSE USBIG Govt/Corp 1-3 Year Bond Index is a broad-based index of shorter-term investment grade US government and corporate bond prices that reflects no deductions for fees, expenses, or taxes. Investors cannot invest directly in the index.

Distributions

Record Date Ex, Pay and
Reinvest Date
Ordinary
Income
Qualified
Income
Short-Term
Capital Gains
Long-Term
Capital Gains
Total Distributions
(per share)
07/30/2020 07/31/2020 $0.00687 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00687
06/29/2020 06/30/2020 $0.00665 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00665
05/28/2020 05/29/2020 $0.00700 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00700
04/29/2020 04/30/2020 $0.00718 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00718
03/30/2020 03/31/2020 $0.00785 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00785
02/27/2020 02/28/2020 $0.00708 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00708
01/30/2020 01/31/2020 $0.00775 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00775
12/30/2019 12/31/2019 $0.00786 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00786
11/27/2019 11/29/2019 $0.00716 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00716
10/30/2019 10/31/2019 $0.00730 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00730
09/27/2019 09/30/2019 $0.00738 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00738
08/29/2019 08/30/2019 $0.00746 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00746
07/30/2019 07/31/2019 $0.00812 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00812
06/27/2019 06/28/2019 $0.00695 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00695
05/30/2019 05/31/2019 $0.00766 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00766
04/29/2019 04/30/2019 $0.00780 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00780
03/28/2019 03/29/2019 $0.00761 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00761
02/27/2019 02/28/2019 $0.00623 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00623
01/30/2019 01/31/2019 $0.00677 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00677
12/28/2018 12/31/2018 $0.00744 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00744
11/29/2018 11/30/2018 $0.00559 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00559
10/30/2018 10/31/2018 $0.00705 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00705
09/27/2018 09/28/2018 $0.00592 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00592

The Sextant Short-Term Bond Fund intends to distribute its net investment income and net realized capital gains, if any, to its shareowners. The Fund pays income dividends daily, which are reinvested or distributed monthly. As a result of its investment strategy, the Fund expects that its dividends will consist primarily of ordinary income.

Distributions for the last two years are listed in the table above. For prior distributions, please contact a Saturna representative.

Regulations regarding distributions can be complex, and there are several methods for managing your tax liability. Please consult a tax advisor about your particular circumstances. You also may obtain helpful information by calling the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040 or visiting www.irs.gov.

If applicable, distribution information will appear on Form 1099-DIV, typically sent in late January. For more information on tax documentation, please visit our Tax Documentation page.

The Fund pays per-share distributions to shareowners invested on the Record Date. On the Payable Date, the fund's share price is reduced by the amount of its distribution.

Fees & Minimums

The following tables describe the fees and expenses mutual fund shareowners may pay. There are no shareowner fees (fees paid directly from an investment). The Fund imposes no sales charge (load) on purchases or reinvested dividends, or any deferred sales charge (load) upon redemption. There are no exchange fees or account fees. Investments in mutual funds are subject to ongoing expenses. Saturna endeavors to keep these fees low. We encourage you to compare the following fees with similar fees of other no-load mutual funds:

Shareowner Fees (fees paid directly from your investment)

None.

Annual Fund Operating Expenses  (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
  Investor Shares
Management Fees (vary with performance) 0.50%
Other Expenses 0.37%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses 0.87%
Fee Waiver and Expense Reimbursement -0.27%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses after Fee Waiver and Expense Reimbursement 0.60%

Saturna Capital, the Fund's adviser, has committed through March 31, 2021, to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses to the extent necessary to ensure that the Fund's net operating expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, interest, taxes, and extraordinary expenses do not exceed the net operating expense ratio of 0.60%. This expense limitation agreement may be changed or terminated only with approval of the Board of Trustees.

When you buy shares through a financial intermediary, that intermediary may charge a transaction fee or commission which is not reflected in the expenses table. Purchases and redemptions of Fund shares will be made at the daily net asset value established by the Fund (before imposition of a commission).

Minimum Initial Investment

The minimum initial investment is $1,000 (for tax-sheltered accounts, there is no minimum).

Literature

Summary Prospectus

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Prospectus

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Annual Report

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Semi-Annual Report

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Statement of Additional Information

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Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund

Market risk: The value of the Fund's shares rises and falls as the market value of the securities in which the Fund invests goes up and down. The market value of securities will fluctuate, sometimes significantly and unpredictably, with stocks generally being more volatile than bonds. When you redeem your shares, they may be worth more or less than what you paid for them. Only consider investing in the Fund if you are willing to accept the risk that you may lose money.

Interest rate risk: Investing in bonds includes the risk that as interest rates rise, bond prices will fall. Conversely, during periods of declining interest rates bond prices generally rise, but bond issuers may call or prepay the bond and reissue debt at lower interest rates. The longer a bond's maturity, the more sensitive the bond is to interest rate changes. The risks associated with changing interest rates may have unpredictable effects on bond markets, the liquidity of bonds, and the Fund's investments.

Credit risk: Investing in bonds includes the risk that an issuer will not pay interest or principal when due, or the issuer may default altogether. If an issuer's credit quality is perceived to decline, the value and liquidity of the issuer's bonds may also decline.

Liquidity risk: Liquidity risk exists when particular investments are difficult to sell and may be more difficult to value. If the Fund is forced to sell these investments during unfavorable conditions to meet redemptions or for other cash needs, the Fund may lose money on its investments. As a result, the Fund may be unable to achieve its objective.

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